Lizzie by Dawn Ius

Lizzie

Seventeen-year-old Lizzie Borden has never been kissed. Polite but painfully shy, Lizzie prefers to stay in the kitchen, where she can dream of becoming a chef and escape her reality. With tyrannical parents who force her to work at the family’s B&B and her blackout episodes—a medical condition that has plagued her since her first menstrual cycle—Lizzie longs for a life of freedom, the time and space to just figure out who she is and what s...


Details Lizzie

TitleLizzie
Author
Release DateApr 10th, 2018
PublisherSimon Pulse
LanguageEnglish
GenreYoung Adult, Lgbt, Contemporary, Retellings, Historical, Historical Fiction
Rating

Reviews Lizzie

  • Stacee
    1970-01-01
    I am 100% on board for a Lizzie Borden book and I was so excited to read this, sadly I was quite disappointed. I read to 45% before I skipped to 80% and read the rest. Lizzie was an interesting character. She’s got a horrible family life and is trying to be what she needs to be to everyone. There’s an unreliable narrator aspect to this story that was the main reason I kept going. Plot wise, it was weird. I don’t know if some of the problem ...
  • Amy Leigh
    1970-01-01
    This book just didn't do it for me. The writing was rudimentary and that was really the YA part of it. I had trouble discerning what was actually happening and that really bothered me. I was so excited when I saw this book was coming out because a modern day Lizzie Borden book sounds fantastic! but it wasn't anything like what I expected. It was more about her crush on the new maid and her fighting against her beliefs.I think if this story had be...
  • PinkAmy loves \u0026#x1f495; books\u0026#x1f4d6;, cats\u0026#x1f63b; and naps\u0026#x1f6cf;
    1970-01-01
    I’ve been a Lizzie Borden buff since I saw the Elizabeth Montgomery movie when I was 11 back in 1975. I’ve read probably a dozen nonfiction books, watched the miniseries and movies, I even stayed in the Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast in Fall River, Massachusetts, in Lizzie’s own bedroom. Here’s a link to my Facebook photo album https://www.facebook.com/amyfeld/medi... .I couldn’t wait to read Dawn Ius’s LIZZIE a modern take on the true...
  • Barb (Boxermommyreads)
    1970-01-01
    Anyone who has followed my blog for any length of time knows I have a small obsession with Lizzie Borden. So when I saw a new YA book coming out about her, I knew I'd have to grab it. A lot of us already know the tale of Lizzie and this one is basically the same. However, it's an updated version and Ius added some modern flair. For example, Lizzie wants nothing more desperately to be the next Emeril Lagasse and is always cooking and creating new ...
  • Kate
    1970-01-01
    I can't pass up a Lizzie Borden tale! Dawn Ius drags Lizzie into the present, makes her 18 and working as a cook for her family's Bed and Breakfast (which makes me chuckle, since the real Borden house is an actual B&B now). Lizzie is struggling with both the physical and mental abuse she endures from her father and stepmother, and a poorly treated medical condition (physical and mental). Her older sister Emma is off at college, and Lizzie is stuc...
  • Kali
    1970-01-01
    To start out, this is not based in the 1800s and is modernized. I can get past this in some cases, but if you can write a tale about the 1800s, take the opportunity presented to you. The actual Lizzie Borden lived during that time period, and what I know from actually selling these books is that writing anything based in her actual time period - sells better. This will not be one of my recommendations. I sell to teenagers and although I sincerely...
  • Wendy
    1970-01-01
    I picked this up at the library to preview for my classes, because kids are always asking for more scary books. It wasn't truly scary to the end, and while LIzzie's voice is compelling and I felt terrible for her, I was frustrated by the vagueness surrounding her illness. There's also a twist that I anticipated from the first chapter, having read too many books with this particular twist.
  • Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
    1970-01-01
    The subject matter of this book was interesting-- taking a YA horror slant on the tale of Lizzie Borden, which is why I picked it up in the first place. That said, it was an odd combination of historical fiction with present day that didn't quite work for me. I thought it was in the 1800s (when Lizzie really lived), because everything seemed so old fashioned. Then another character started talking about Star Wars, which was really weird for me, a...
  • Crys
    1970-01-01
    I really thought about giving this book 2 stars, but at the end the author gave me enough to make me say, "It was okay. Not great, but okay."I think I went into this book expecting too much. I love reading re-tellings, and I really thought that's what I was going to get with this. I think I would've enjoyed it more in a not-so-modern setting. Maybe it's because I'm old fashioned about Lizzie Borden tales.What worked for me: the development of the...
  • Ari Tinius
    1970-01-01
    4.5 starsOkay, I liked this book a lot! I loved the writing and just overall the general plot. It was interesting to see Lizzie Borden in a modern day world! My only problem with it tbh is sometimes the setting got really confusing??? Plus I felt the author kinda skimped out on the ending?????? Which lowkey sucked, but I highly recommend this book!!!
  • Jennifer
    1970-01-01
    Very middle in the road for me. Review will come soon.
  • Melissa Flanagin
    1970-01-01
    3.5 starsThis is a modern retelling of the Lizzie Borden story. Very interesting.
  • A. Hydra
    1970-01-01
    This third installment is one of my favorites of the whole series. They appear for the first time characters that I adore, the characters are somewhat older and Harry has someone at his side apart from his friends.
  • Lauren
    1970-01-01
    “Oh yay, a queer book about Lizzie Borden, so we’ll get some murder but also some girls making out!”This is what I thought. And yes. There is murder. And there’s girls making out. But the overall message that comes out of this book is *not* positive, and it actually rather suggests that loving a girl can make you crazy. Like, so crazy you murder your dad and stepmom with a hatchet.Spoilers ahead.So Lizzie has a condition where she blacks ...
  • Lauren loves llamas
    1970-01-01
    Trigger warnings: (view spoiler)[verbal, emotional and physical abuse, cutting, homophobia (hide spoiler)]When I first heard there was a YA reimagining of the Lizzie Borden, I was so excited! Unfortunately, it didn’t quite live up to my expectations.“What if my family is right? What if my madness can’t be controlled?”“We’re not so different, Lizzie.”My mouth opens in surprise. “How can you say that?”“Because I love you,” she...
  • Ava G. Wellbelove - we stan fictional 50's feminist physicists
    1970-01-01
    I reserve 5 star ratings for books that leave me sitting speechless, not knowing what to do with my life, the moment I have to shut their covers.Lizzie left me heartbroken.Now I just read a ton of negative reviews complaining about how inaccurate it was, but the idea is that it was a FICTIONAL REIMAGINING. Neither of those words mean it has to be accurate to the real life story. Anyways though. I am a huge sucker for A) kind characters, B) misund...
  • Save Your Money For Books
    1970-01-01
    I grabbed this book at the airport during a trip last week and finished it during my flight. I was intrigued by the concept of a new fictional adaptation to the Lizzie Borden story to appeal to a modern crowd. Lizzie is eighteen years old in this adaptation. Her parents are controlling and abusive and force her to work as a cook in their bed and breakfast. She's yearns for more, to find her place in this world. Her budding relationship with the n...
  • Kate
    1970-01-01
    I read this ARC via Edelweiss Plus.Lizzie Borden doesn't have a whole lot of freedom. Her father and stepmother see her as mentally unstable, and refuse to let her even think about culinary school for fear that she'll have a breakdown. It doesn't help that every time Lizzie gets her period she blacks out and terrible things happen. She's alone at the Borden B&B when she feels a similar attack coming on. Luckily, Bridget arrives at the door. Bridg...
  • Tayler K
    1970-01-01
    6/13/18: I checked this in at work a couple days ago, read the flap, and went out to my coworker quietly repeating her name over and over until she looked up and I was like "This is a modern day Lizzie Borden retelling and I think she might kill her parents because they don't want her to be gay!" I haven't read a novel in months and I got so excited about the concept of this one. I hope it'll be great!-------This book was 100% a 5-star book for m...
  • Emma
    1970-01-01
    At first I didn’t know if I liked this book. But by the time I was finished, I liked it much more than I thought. The romance with Bridget was very rushed, I thought. It was like a few days and they kissed. I wish that it took longer, and Lizzie was having trouble coming to terms with her feelings, then it might have been more exciting, but instead it felt a little unrealistic. But overall I did love their relationship and I loved Bridget. The ...
  • Samantha
    1970-01-01
    This was a Goodreads Giveaway - 2.5 stars. I did not realize that it was a YA novel until I received it in the mail... I was disappointed but decided to read it anyway. I had issues with the first 2/3 of the book and couldn't really see where the writer was going with things...and was sick of hearing about meatloaf and Bridget!! For a person that wants to be a chef...you would think she would attempt to make more than just meatloaf and lemon loaf...
  • Dennise Pendergrass
    1970-01-01
    I was lucky enough to win an ARC of this book through a Goodreads Giveaway. Like many other people, I am fascinated by Lizzie Borden. So when I heard there was a modern day retelling, I was on board!I am very torn on this book. If half stars were a thing, this book would get 2.5 stars. I feel like this book is a cross between The Uninvited and Beautiful Mind with dashes of Lizzie Borden's story thrown in. Anyone who has ever heard the story of Li...
  • Susan
    1970-01-01
    Interesting concept. Take a well known historical figure and write a modern day fictional spin on their story. Some of the liberties taken were obvious - there weren't any iPads around in Lizzie Borden's time. Others I'm still not sure about. I may have to seek out a nonfiction account of the story (though that might well be biased and incomplete, but I suspect it would still be very interesting).I thought the story itself was interesting and wel...
  • CJ Simone
    1970-01-01
    The writing is gorgeous - clear, crisp, and intense with loads of visuals and sensory details. Lizzie is a fully developed character the reader can sympathize with and wants to root for, even while knowing she's an unreliable narrator and knowing the horrific direction things must take. This is a dark story and full of unapologetic portrayals of the grittier realities of life, and it's definitely not for the squeamish, but it is written in such a...
  • Lynndell
    1970-01-01
    The story of Lizzie Borden with fictional flair!Thanks to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster for the opportunity to read and review Lizzie by Dawn Ius! Mystery sums up the prologue with the narrator disoriented and seemingly injured. Chapter one opens five years later. Facts about the historical and infamous Lizzie Borden are scattered throughout the story and some are facts that I wasn’t already aware of, even though I have read a few books about ...
  • Teressa
    1970-01-01
    1.5 The dialogue in this book was INCREDIBLY bad, mainly because the author set the story in present day but then kept the dialogue — and Lizzie— late 19th century. ?! The characterization also and me rolling my eyes and saying REALLY in my interior monomial many times I lost count. How many times can she make a damn meatloaf? I also started out like the swipe, swipe, swipe device but then it was repeated ad nauseum and rejoined the effect. I...
  • Anna Smithberger
    1970-01-01
    This started very strong and then got worse for me as the plot progressed. I think overdoing the mental illness plot really weakened it overall; it both made the story hard to follow and took away some of the ambiguity of the ending. I think we would have been better served by an unreliable narrator.Also, half the reason this book was of interest to me was the queer representation and to have Bridget be both so ridiculously unrealistic for a 16/1...